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- What is the Field Hockey Game?  
- Why we want to do that?- What you can expect to see in the FHG 
- The financial goal and the stretch goals  
- Where does the money go?  
- I want to back you – what do I do? 
- Our rewards     
- The technology we are using
- What we have done in 12 months
- What are we doing now
- What happens next if we make it
- What happens if we don't
- Famous Fans of the FHG

The Field Hockey Game will be the first fully playable sports simulation game created for the sport of field hockey.

Field Hockey is a fast paced non-contact team sport played internationally by both men and women. It has been in every Olympic Games since 1928 & despite its history and popularity world wide - there has never been a Field Hockey computer game developed – we want to change that with your help.

We believe that with its speed and the wide range of skills and movements Field Hockey will make a great sports game that will appeal to any gamer who loves sports games, and not just for field hockey players.

So what can you expect to see in the FHG? Well first and foremost field hockey and lots of it. We are focused on ensuring great game play whilst maintaining as high a level of realism as possible.

The game will include all current rules of field hockey including:  

- Penalty corners (including drag flicking)
- Penalty strokes/flicks (play as both the striker and the goalkeeper)
- Penalty shoot-out/goals (play as both the striker and the goalkeeper)
- The self-pass
- Own goals
- The 3 card system (with sin bin) 

With the use of the latest motion capture technology you can expect to see realistic player movements from drag-flicks to keeper saves and much more.

Motion Capture

We have a good basis for the motion capture but we are currently using a camera based system which means it is not the fastest to setup outside (which we will need to do) and is susceptible to the weather. We need to record a lot more data from sprints, dribbles, slides, umpires etc.

We want to acquire some new motion capture hardware that works using wireless sensors, not only will this make it easier to record outside but it also means we can record 2 players on 1 and 1 situations (including the goalkeeper) which will make our motion capture even more realistic.

Prototype through to the Windows Mac & Linux release

We need to do a lot of work to finish the prototype and then take it through to the full version of the game. We need to create some additional assets including a new stadium and additional Level of detail models for umpires & additional players. These will then be introduced into the game and the programming will become really intensive.    

Whereas most games will focus on cut scenes and creative elements, this type of game is really programming intensive and the time will be spent on getting the physics and collision detection working as well as ensuring the AI is as realistic as possible.

Online Multiplayer

The cost for this stretch goal is split evenly between the programming required to get the game to support online multiplayer and for hardware in the form of gaming servers to host the matches. This will require a lot of testing and debugging. We will also need to create additional screens & interfaces for finding and joining or creating new online matches.

All Teams Included

The basic game is intended to include at least 24 teams (12 men’s/12 ladies) – if we have available resources this will be increased in the previous development but reaching the 2nd stretch goal would ensure we can employ additional texture artists to replicate the kits for all of the international field hockey teams for both men’s and ladies.

OUYA

Whereas PlayStation and Xbox are very expensive to develop and publish too – OUYA does not and given that we want to develop for Android it made sense to include OUYA in our plans. On top of this our game is primarily aimed at consoles and therefor it makes sense to do the OUYA before the other consoles and before we released to Android and iOS. The full £30,000 will go on porting the game and making it work on the lower spec hardware on the OUYA, then testing & debugging.

Android & iOS

We will need to adapt the OUYA version of the game to work for touch
screens, port the game, test and debug. This will cost £20,000.

Xbox & PlayStation

With impending release of the new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles this Christmas there are some unknown factors/costs involved in releasing games on the PSN/XBLA. We will also need to become approved developers for both consoles, acquire the hardware development kits for both consoles as well as the additional licenses from Unity to the consoles.

If you are new to Kickstarter then here is a step by step explanation of how Kickstarter works:  

Firstly the most important thing to know is if you back us the money is not taken from your account immediately. In fact the money will only leave your account at the end of the campaign (October 8th, 10pm GMT) and only if the campaign has achieved our base target of £330,000. 

How to Back Us


1. Click on the “Back this Project” – put a figure down or select the reward you want to receive (digital copy of the game, or one of the higher brackets with Physical rewards like the Zoti/Akuma shirts)

2. Scroll to the bottom of the backing list and click “continue”

3. You will then need to sign-up for a Kickstarter account.

4. The final step is to confirm the backing amount and entering the card details from which the backing amount will be taken on or after the 8th of October if our campaign is successful.

5. Kickstarter use amazon as the payment processor so if you already have an Amazon account you won’t need to create one.

6. That is all you have to do, you have now backed the FHG on Kickstarter! If we don’t reach the target we don’t get a penny of the backing and you won’t get your rewards – so after you back us please share the project on your page and spread the word about the FHG 

We have teamed up with some great brands to bring you some great Field Hockey based physical rewards for our higher brackets. We have 2 playing tops from Akuma Hockey & Zoti Sports as well as a t-shirt and hoodie from Uber Hockey. We also have a Field Hockey stick from Uber Hockey RRP £140.00. All these items come in 3 colour options:

- Limited Edition Kickstarter green
(only available through the campaign)  
- FHG Blue & FHG Pink 
(available during and after the campaign)

Unity

From our previous experience with the Unity Engine, we could look no further. Its flexibility, ease of use, and quick turnaround on development means there will be fewer restrictions between the creators and our creation.
Its robust scripting system and one click approach to final game deployment allows us to simultaneously develop releases for Windows, Linux and Mac.

Motion Capture  

We are very lucky to be able to use the Laboratory at the University of Kingston in London. The lab gives us access to a six-camera motion analysis system, which we have used up to record all the current motion capture data we have for our sequences & animations. 
  
We want to acquire a wireless motion capture system to make it possible to track 1 on 1 sequence of Player vs. Player and Player vs. Goalkeeper in an outside environment. We also need to record umpire movements and gestures for added realism.
We started this project with the idea that we shouldn’t dive in with programming – we need to make sure we had the right game assets first, and that is what we did…
In the last 2 months we have been working on the motion capture and waiting for our Level of Detail models to be created by Tornado Studios (our model/asset partner). We got our hands on the LOD for Jamie and the Goalkeeper shortly before the campaign started.
  
We are now working with the LOD and putting together some more complex scenario sequences to test the motions to make sure they are working well with the model. These include a barrage of different shots at the goalkeeper and a short corner routine.
  
We are also introducing the LOD Goalkeeper to one of our sandbox environments to test out some basic physics and collision detection as well as putting 3-4 of the goalkeeper saves to good use.
  

If we are successful with the campaign the next step will be to acquire the wireless motion capture equipment, test it out with the team before inviting our E-motion backers down to London to help us record a huge amount of motion capture data.

From then on we will start programming the game – starting with the penalty corners, this is because we can release this as a mini-game whilst we focus on the rest of the development. This will be followed by the Penalty goals and penalty strokes and could be released in the same way to keep our backers & fans entertained in the build up to the full game Alpha & Beta sessions.
If we are not then we will continue with the indoor motion capture system and push forward and attempt to create a mini-game prototype ready for a 2nd kickstarter campaign which would most likely happen around January – the game certainly won’t make the release for the world cup as a full game but we might make one of the mini-games World Cup themed.

If we don’t make the goal then it isn't the end of us! That said he would be fantastic to get nearer to the half way mark (or more) as a show of support from the field hockey community and an indication that if we keep going the second campaign will succeed because people want this game to happen!
We have been lucky enough to get support from Jamie Dwyer (5 time winner of the Worlds Best Player Award) and the rest of his team mates from the Australian national team. We also need to make a special mention for Tim Deavin who organised the squad to take this shot of them during the World Hockey League wearing some of our white t-shirts. 
Tim also asked Kellie White and Emily Smith of the Hockeyroos to have their photo taken in the same shirts! And more recently the lovely Georgie Twigg of England ladies tweeted a picture of her in one of our black t-shirts.

Risks and challenges

The challenge is to take a fast pace sport and convert it into an enjoyable gaming experience for both experienced and inexperienced players alike. We want to release the game as close as possible to the 2014 Field Hockey World Cup as we can which takes place in the Netherlands next June – that gives us 9 months to turn your funding from our current state through to the finished product!.

The Field Hockey Game is going to be fast paced, exciting and full of skill, just like the real thing and luckily we’re going to be able to draw on our Kickstarter backers to alpha & beta test it with us. Yes, if you back it, you can help us make The Field Hockey Game reach its full potential!

Everyone involved in the project have a lot of game industry & project management experience so we know the risks – The Field Hockey Game will be using new technology and that has to be tested and perfected. Balancing and bug-testing the game will also take time. And there are many other factors; for example, motion capture and adjusting the game for the various platforms we will be releasing the game on.

Finally, trying Kickstarter is itself a risk. We're putting ourselves out there. Our ability to succeed is in your hands - our backers. If we are successful, our backers will have access to a great game that they have helped fund. A project that they have seen through from its early development and helped create.

With your help, we can make this game happen!

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    You've helped us bring the FHG game to the field hockey community and the whole wild world and for this you have our eternal gratitude.

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    USD $24* CLUB KIT

    Get your club included as a playable team in the game (playing kit & club logo included, names and player likenesses not included) A club will need 11 backers with this bracket or above in order to qualify

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    USD $47* POSTER BOY

    LIMITED EDITION FHG Poster featuring the Jamie Dwyer model and signed by the man himself (Jamie Dwyer is a 5 time winner of the Worlds best player award)

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    USD $63* OPEN BETA

    Access to an OPEN BETA version of the FHG (playable but unfinished) 1 month before the game is released!

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    USD $94* UBER PLAYER

    Get a limited edition Uber hockey FHG T-shirt

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    + Digital copy of the soundtrack

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    USD $155* CLOSED ALPHA

    Access to an CLOSED ALPHA version of the FHG (playable but unfinished) 1 month before the CLOSED BETA takes place!

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    Pledge £175 or more About $273

    USD $273* CLAN AKUMA - FOUNDER

    EARLY BIRD PRICE Get a limited edition FHG T-shirt from Akuma Hockey.

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    + Access to an OPEN BETA version of the FHG (playable but unfinished) 1 month before the game is released!

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    + LIMITED EDITION FHG Poster

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    EARLY BIRD PRICE Get a limited edition FHG T-shirt from Zoti Sports.

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    + Access to an OPEN BETA version of the FHG (playable but unfinished) 1 month before the game is released!

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    + LIMITED EDITION FHG Poster

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    Pledge £175 or more About $273

    USD $273* CLAN UBER - FOUNDER

    EARLY BIRD PRICE Get a limited edition FHG Hoodie from Uber Hockey.

    + Access to an CLOSED ALPHA version of the FHG (playable but unfinished) 1 month before the CLOSED BETA takes place!

    + Access to an OPEN BETA version of the FHG (playable but unfinished) 1 month before the game is released!

    + 2 Digital copies of the game for PC, Linux, Mac

    + LIMITED EDITION FHG Poster

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    USD $310* CLAN AKUMA - FOUNDER

    Get a limited edition FHG T-shirt from Akuma Hockey.

    + Access to an CLOSED ALPHA version of the FHG (playable but unfinished) 1 month before the CLOSED BETA takes place!

    + Access to an OPEN BETA version of the FHG (playable but unfinished) 1 month before the game is released!

    + 2 Digital copies of the game for PC, Linux, Mac

    + LIMITED EDITION FHG Poster

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    Pledge £199 or more About $311

    USD $310* CLAN ZOTI - FOUNDER

    Get a limited edition FHG T-shirt from Zoti Sports.

    + Access to an CLOSED ALPHA version of the FHG (playable but unfinished) 1 month before the CLOSED BETA takes place!

    + Access to an OPEN BETA version of the FHG (playable but unfinished) 1 month before the game is released!

    + 2 Digital copies of the game for PC, Linux, Mac

    + LIMITED EDITION FHG Poster

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    Pledge £199 or more About $311

    USD $310* CLAN UBER - FOUNDER

    Get a limited edition FHG Hoodie from Uber Hockey.

    + Access to an CLOSED ALPHA version of the FHG (playable but unfinished) 1 month before the CLOSED BETA takes place!

    + Access to an OPEN BETA version of the FHG (playable but unfinished) 1 month before the game is released!

    + 2 Digital copies of the game for PC, Linux, Mac

    + LIMITED EDITION FHG Poster

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    Pledge £499 or more About $779

    USD $780* E-MOTION

    You will be invited to be a model for one of our motion capture sessions in London this autumn. Your skills will become the basis for our player animations which will go into the final game. You must be 18+, Lodging/Travel expenses are not included.

    + Get a limited edition FHG Hoodie from Uber Hockey.

    + Get a choice of either a limited edition FHG T-shirt from Akuma Hockey or a limited edition FHG T-shirt from Zoti Sports.

    + Access to an CLOSED ALPHA version of the FHG (playable but unfinished) 1 month before the CLOSED BETA takes place!

    + Access to an OPEN BETA version of the FHG (playable but unfinished) 1 month before the game is released!

    + 2 Digital copies of the game for PC, Linux, Mac

    + LIMITED EDITION FHG Poster

    + Digital copy of the soundtrack

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    Pledge £699 or more About $1,091

    USD $1100* HOCKEY STICK

    You get a limited edition - FHG field hockey stick based on the Uber Hockey Dark model (RRP £140.00 GBP). You will also get your choice of Shammy overgrip (black or green) to go with your new stick!

    + Get a limited edition FHG Hoodie from Uber Hockey.

    + Get your choice of either a limited edition FHG T-shirt from Akuma Hockey OR a limited edition FHG T-shirt from Zoti Sports.

    + Access to an CLOSED ALPHA version of the FHG (playable but unfinished) 1 month before the CLOSED BETA takes place!

    + Access to an OPEN BETA version of the FHG (playable but unfinished) 1 month before the game is released!

    + 2 Digital copies of the game for PC, Linux, Mac

    + LIMITED EDITION FHG Poster

    + Digital copy of the soundtrack

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    Pledge £999 or more About $1,560

    USD $1560* LAUNCH PARTY

    VIP treatment to our launch party for the game in London when the game is released next year! Turn up in your FHG gear and meet the team behind the game and some special guests from the Field Hockey elite. Date to be confirmed prior to release. Travel and accomadation not included.

    + You get a limited edition - FHG field hockey stick based on the Uber Hockey Dark model (RRP £140.00 GBP). You will also get your choice of Shammy overgrip (black or green) to go with your new stick!

    + Get a limited edition FHG Hoodie from Uber Hockey.

    + Get your choice of either a limited edition FHG T-shirt from Akuma Hockey OR a limited edition FHG T-shirt from Zoti Sports.

    + Access to an CLOSED ALPHA version of the FHG (playable but unfinished) 1 month before the CLOSED BETA takes place!

    + Access to an OPEN BETA version of the FHG (playable but unfinished) 1 month before the game is released!

    + 3 Digital copies of the game for PC, Linux, Mac

    + LIMITED EDITION FHG Poster

    + Digital copy of the soundtrack

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Funding period

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